Course Title: Apply basic aircraft design characteristics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: AERO5819C

Course Title: Apply basic aircraft design characteristics

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6131 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aeronautical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email: vehs@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Amir Fard

Tel: 9925 4184

Email: amir.fard@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 120

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MEA101B Interpret occupational health and safety practices in aviation maintenance
MEA107B Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications
MEA109B Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance

Course Description

This unit of competency is part of Diploma and Advanced Diploma training pathways. It covers the aerodynamic shape and structure of aircraft.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEA341A Apply basic aircraft design characteristics

Element:

1. MEA109B Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Common wing plan forms are identified and relative advantages and disadvantages are evaluated
1.2. Common wing configurations are identified and relative advantages and disadvantages are identified
1.3. Aerofoil characteristics are discussed in terms of aircraft performance
1.4. Aeroplane .stability and control is discussed in terms of aerodynamic design
1.5. Types of primary and secondary flight control surfaces are identified and control balancing is discussed
1.6. Types of lift augmentation device are identified and compared
1.7. Factors that affect an aircraft in subsonic and high speed flight are identified
 

Element:

2. Research and evaluate rotary wing aerodynamic design

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Common rotor configurations are identified and their aerodynamic characteristics discussed
2.2. Rotary wing aircraft control and stability are discussed

Element:

3. Research and evaluate basic aircraft structural design

Performance Criteria:

3.1. The loads acting on an aircraft structure are identified
3.2. The methods of construction of airframes and power plant support structures are identified and compared
3.3. The materials of construction commonly used in aircraft structures are identified and their relative advantages and disadvantages are discussed
3.4. Fabrication methods commonly used in aircraft structure are identified and discussed
3.5. Maintenance requirements for aircraft structure are identified

Element:

4. Research and evaluate basic landing gear design and construction

Performance Criteria:

4.1. The configurations of landing gear are identified and discussed in terms of relative advantages and disadvantages
4.2. The relative benefits of fixed and retractable landing gear are identified and discussed
4.3. Construction materials used in landing gear components are identified and discussed

Element:

5. Apply basic aircraft design characteristics

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Given required aircraft use and performance characteristics, an appropriate aerodynamic shape is determined
5.2. An appropriate method of construction, materials of construction and fabrication method are proposed
5.3. An appropriate landing gear configuration is proposed


Learning Outcomes


Refer to Elements


Details of Learning Activities

 You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associate.

  • Lecture
  • Tutorial
  • Project

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:
EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering.
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEA341A in the Assessment Matrix.


Teaching Schedule

Note 1: Topics shown in Bold fonts are delivered on Wednesdays afternoon.

   

 WeekTopics DeliveredElements/Performance Criteria
1

Introduction to the course

Characteristics of 2D airfoils (part I)

1.3, 1.7, 5.1
2Characteristics of 2D airfoils in subsonic and high speed flight (part II)

Loads Acting on the Aircraft and Basic Aircraft Structure (part I)

1.3, 1.7, 5.1

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 5.2

3

Airfoil characteristics and 3D wings 

 • Loads Acting on the Aircraft and Basic Aircraft Structure (part II)

1.1, 1.2, 5.1

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 5.2

4

Drag on Aircraft (Part I) 

 • Introduction to landing Gear Design (part I)

1.1, 1.2, 1.7, 5.1

 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.3

5

Drag on Aircraft (Part II) 

  • Introduction to landing Gear Design (part II)

1.1, 1.2, 1.7, 5.1

4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.3

6

Revision
Quiz No. 1

• Revision

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

7

 Review of Quiz No 1
Test No. 1 (it will be held on Friday 22nd of August)

Review of Quiz No. 1

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

 8

  Introduction to Lift Augmentation Systems  

 • High speed Flight (part I) 

1.6

1.3, 1.7

 9

  Introduction to Aircraft Control and Static Stability (part I)  

 • High Speed Flight (part II)

1.4, 1.5, 5.1

1.3, 1.7

10

  Introduction to Aircraft Control and Static Stability (part II)  

 • High Speed Flight (part III)

1.4, 1.5, 5.1

1.3, 1.7

11

 Rotary Wing Aircraft (part I)  

Re-sit for Test No. 1 (Re-sit Test No. 1 will be held on Wednesday 24th of September)

2.1, 2.2
12

 Rotary Wing Aircraft (part II)  

2.1, 2.2

13

Revision 
Quiz No. 2

• Revision

1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 5.1

1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 5.1

14

Review of Quiz No. 2  

Test No. 2

Tail load Calculation (part I)

1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 5.1

1.4, 1.7, 3.1

15 Tail load Calculation (part II)1.4, 1.7, 3.1
16

 Re-sit for Test No. 2 (it will be held on Wednesday 29th of October)

Course Review

1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.2, 5.1
 
17 Assignment Task (due) 1.4, 1.7, 3.1

                                            
                                                                                                              
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No text book is prescribed for this course, however, other related resources such as handouts, exercises, study guides generated by the course lecturer and approved links to useful material on external web-sites will be provided on the RMIT Distributed Learning System (DLS).


References

1. Barnard, R.H., Philpott D.R., “Aircraft Flight ”, 3rd Edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004.
2. Kermode, A.C.,”Mechanics of Flight”, 10th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004.


Other Resources

1. Anderson, D.F., “Understanding Flight”, McGraw-Hill, 2001.
2. Burton, M., “Principles of Flight”, Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1997.
3. Carpenter, C.”Flightwisw Volume 1: Principles of Aircraft Flight“, Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1997.
4. Carpenter, C.”Flightwisw Volume 2: Aircraft Stability and Control“, Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1997.
5. Talay, Theodore A., "Introduction to Aerodynamics of Flight", NASA-Sp-367, 1975
6. Airfarme and Powerplant Mechanics. Airframe Handbook. EA-AC65-15A, Federal Aviation Administration Publishing, Washington DC, USA.
7. Airfarme and Powerplant Mechanics. General Handbook. EA-AC65-9A, Federal Aviation Administration Publishing, Washington DC, USA.
8. Crane, D. Airframe section Textbook. EA-ITP-AB, Aviation Maintenance Publishers, Basin, Wyoming, 1995.
9. Delp, Bent & Mckinley. "Aircraft Maintenance and Repair". 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, New York, 1987.
10. Foye, J. "Aircraft Technical Dictionary". 3rd Edition, Casper, Wyoming, 1990.


Overview of Assessment

 

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

 

Assessment 1: Quizzes

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

 

Assessment 2: Assignment

Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

 

Assessment 3: Tests X 2

Weighting towards final grade for Test 1 (%): 30

Weighting towards final grade for Test 2  (%): 30

 

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/

Performance Criteria Covered

Quiz 1

Test 1

Quiz 2

Test 2

Assignment

 1.1

 X

X

 

 

 

1.2

X

X

 

 

 

1.3

X

X

X

X

 

1.4

 

 

X

X

X

1.5

 

 

X

X

 

1.6

 

 

X

X

 

 1.7

X

X

X

X

X

2.1

 

 

X

X

 

2.2

 

 

X

X

 

3.1

X

X

 

 

X

 3.2

X

X

 

 

 

3.3

X

X

 

 

 

3.4

X

X

 

 

 

3.5

X

X

 

 

 

4.1

X

X

 

 

 

4.2

X

X

 

 

 

 4.3

 X

 X

 

 

 

5.1

 X

X

X

X

 

 5.2

X

X

 

 

 

5.3

 X

 X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following assessment tasks:
1- Quizzes: 20% (2x10%)
2- Assignment: 20%
3- Tests: 60% (2x30%)

The candidates who are attained competency mark for ALL assessments, then, will be graded according to their performance on assessment tasks.


Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEA341A Elements & Performance Criteria
                                                                     

MEA341A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.11.21.31.41.5 1.6 1.72.12.23.1 3.23.33.43.54.14.2 4.35.1 5.25.3
Quiz No. 1 XXX   X  XXXXXXX X XX X
Test No. 1XXX   X  XXXXXXX XXX X
Quiz No. 2  XXXXXXX        X  
Test No. 2  XXXXXXX        X  
Assignment   X  X  X          

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies                                                                  

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
AssessmentsEA1.1EA1.2EA1.3EA1.4EA1.5EA1.6EA2.1EA2.2 EA2.3EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
Quiz No. 1X X X           
Test No. 1X X X           
Quiz No. 2X X             
Test No. 2X X             
AssignmentXX    XXX       
ALL ASSESSMENTS 3130201 1 1 00 0 000 0
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                             
 

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation, organized industrial visits and lab reports. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. In this competency, the estimated student directed hours is 17 hours outside the class time.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/disability to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/specialconsideration to find more information about special consideration.

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

Please refer www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.
 

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